Join the fun in Walnut Creek for the 77th Annual Walnut Festival! Our arenas are now closed as our parking lot is used by Festival workers but we hope you will all want to take a leg down and go check out the Festival Festivities! Go to the Walnut Festival Website for more details on all the fun events in and around Walnut Creek this coming weekend!
ECWC ARENA STATUS: CLOSED
Our arenas are closed 9/13-9/23 just prior to, during and after the Walnut Festival . But will reopen as soon as possible -- maybe even earlier than 9/23 check back!
You must be an arena member to ride your horse at will in our beautiful arenas. Go to the membership tab above for more info about joining the ECWC or email our membership Chairperson Sue Howell at
Questions about riding in the arenas? Comments? Please email our Vice-President Craig Lee at
Welcome to the Equestrian Center of Walnut Creek
by Gaye DeRusso
Thank you for visiting our website. The Equestrian Center of Walnut Creek is located in the back of Heather Farm Park. If you take a left at the dog park, you will find us. We are small but mighty and we hope you will help us to keep the Equestrian Center open for many years to come.
Many are not aware that Heather Farm was actually a thoroughbred racehorse training facility, back in the 1920's. But as they say, times changed. Sadly the facility was closed. The good news is Heather Farms was opened to the public in 1970 by the city of Walnut Creek, and the Equestrian Center was built, by the efforts of local equestrians and volunteers.
One can only imagine what it was like in the 1920's, with horses all over Heather Farm. Now, the only part left in Heather Farm related to horses, are the 2 arenas. By the support of donations, members and volunteers, it has been kept open.
Heather Farm is a wonderful open space, with so many things to enjoy. There is a swimming pool, tennis courts, picnic areas, community center, Skate Park, volleyball court, fishing pond, nature pond, six athletic fields, a dog park and the Equestrian Center. There are of course restrooms, and a connection to the Iron Horse Hiking Trail.
The Equestrian Center which we consider the best part of Heather Farm, is a non-profit organization, with the main purpose of keeping the 2 riding arenas open. We welcome any support, donations and would especially love you to join us by becoming a member. The more members we have, the bigger effect we have in the community to keep the Equestrian Center open. You do not need to have a horse to join the Equestrian Center; you only need to have the love of horses in your blood.
We have many events throughout the year, and all are welcome to come and watch. Admission is always free. If you check our calendar page, you can make plans to come and watch the next event, there are bleachers to sit on and a restroom, so all in the family will be comfortable. We have a great Snack Shack, full of tasty treats. So you not only get to enjoy watching the horses, you also get great food to go with it.
We love to educate our members and the public about horses. Horses can do so many wonderful things, and for some reason, they are kind and willing enough to let us do it with them. They are not only magnificent to look at but they are also kind and gentle if treated correctly. You do not need to ride them to enjoy them. Just the sight, smell or touch of these creatures, can bring a smile to the old and young.
So what can you do to help us keep the arenas open and to keep horses in Heather Farm? Well, of course you can become a member, come to our events, volunteer with us for the events or help us keep up maintenance on the arenas. Please go to our membership page to find out how to join. Of course we love donations as well, you have money to spare, we have things to fix!
We do not stable horses onsite, we do not give trail rides, but if you go to local barns and trainers on our site you will find places that do. We do rent out our arenas, for showing and events, please go to arena rentals on our site to get more information.
If you join you will make new friends, you will become more social, and best of all you will be helping us keep the Equestrian Center open for the future. Thank you for visiting, and please spread the word, there are horses in Heather Farms.
Written By Gaye DeRusso
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Thanks to all the riders and their horses for joining us. We had a great turn out again this year! For results and more info on the show go to this website
Would you like to learn about horses? A great way to start is with Mini Horses - the sweet little ambassadors of the Horse World! Contact Mary Stewart, ECWC Board Member and Chairperson for our Mini Horse Events, or go to her Angels for Minis website to inquire about how you can participate in camps, shows and other Mini Horse events at ECWC! ...maybe you can even give a Mini Horse a Forever Home!!!
Congrats to all the FFA and 4h competitors who attended the Contra Costa County Fair Horse show on Sat May 17th! The rest of the Contra Costa County Fair events were held May 29-June 1 at the Contra Costa County Fairgrounds in Antioch.
We had a fantastic turnout at the Walnut Creek Community Service Day on Sat Sept 28th. We painted the Snack Shack and cleaned up debris from all around the arenas. Thanks to everyone who came out to help us and cheer us on including Walnut Creek's Mayor, Cindy Silva!